Carrot Cake Chia Pudding
I like taking my favourite treats growing up and turning them into a tasty, nutritious meal. Take this Carrot Cake Chia Pudding for instance, loaded with shredded carrots, pineapple, raisins, walnuts and all the spices found in one of my favourite cakes. The only thing it’s missing is some sort of cream cheese frosting! I’ll have to do that next time. Chia puddings are such a convenient and quick breakfast. They’re simple to throw together the night before when you know you won’t have time to cook in the mornings.
I get a strength training workout in a couple mornings during the week and because I don’t want to get up before 6am, I’m definitely short on time those mornings. That’s where prepping a chia pudding the night before comes in handy. I’m working on overcoming Adrenal Dysfunction right now, so sleep is of the outmost importance to me. I know when I get up before 6 am it adds up and in no time I’m feeling exhausted again. Sleep is one of the most important factors in getting your adrenals functioning properly again.
I’m following a body weight program from Lift Like A Girl that I’m loving. I don’t do all components of it, take breaks when I need to and sometimes only get 2 workouts in a week instead of 3. I’m trying to listen to my body as much as I can so I don’t overdo it. I have a history of pushing myself, which Is why my adrenals are in the state they are right now. That being said, strength training is still important for me as it increases insulin sensitivity, maintains lean muscles mass and helps prevent bone loss. I had low estrogen and progesterone levels in the past, which are important for building bone mass and can lead to osteoporosis.
The program I’m following is called the Beautiful Badass Bodyweight Workout Guide. I love that I can do it at home as it saves me time driving to a gym and the money from having to pay for a gym membership. I’ve followed a couple of her other weightlifting programs in the gym with great results and will likely go back to them once my adrenals are healthier and handle the stress of heavy lifting. I love heavy lifting but a girls gotta listen to her body and right now it would dig me deeper into a hole of fatigue. Health over physique is something I promote with my client’s as I had to learn about it the hard way.
Anyways back to this Carrot Cake Chia Pudding! It’s easy to carry with you to work, as you can fit it into a mason jar and just throw it in your purse. Of course it’s also loaded with nutrients to nourish your body, whether you’ve worked out or not! Did I mention that it’s tasty? It really is and reminds me of my favourite version of carrot cake with pineapple.
Did you know pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain? Bromelain assists with protein digestion, so adding pineapple to your meals can help decrease digestive issues and uncomfortable symptoms. Pineapple is also a great source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin B1 and B6, folate (B9), pantothenic acid (B5) and copper.
- 1/2 c chia seeds
- 2 c coconut/almond milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cardamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup (Canada No. 2)
- 1 c shredded carrots
- 2 c pineapple, diced
- 1/4 c raisins
- 1/3 c walnuts, chopped
- 1/3 c shredded coconut
- In a large jar add chia seeds, coconut milk, spices and maple syrup. Shake to combine and continue shaking every few minutes until it begins to gel.
- Once it’s started to thicken mix in shredded carrot, pineapple, raisins, walnuts and coconut.
- Separate into 2 jars and top with more coconut and walnuts. Store in the fridge for the next morning.